The Mets started the week strong but ended it on a sour note by dropping three of four against the NL East-leading Nationals. Jacob deGrom hit his first career home run and allowed one unearned run in eight innings Sunday to defeat the Nationals, 5-1. Robert Gsellman allowed seven runs and 11 hits over five innings in Thursday night's 8-3 loss to Washington. Outfielder Juan Lagares suffered a fractured left thumb and ended up on the disabled list. Steven Matz allowed three home runs Friday night as the Mets fell, 7-2, to the Nationals. Despite getting four hits and a home run from Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets lost to the Nationals, 7-4, on Saturday.
They began the week by taking two of three from the defending champion Cubs. After back-to-back poor perfromances, deGrom rebounded to shut down the Cubs over nine innings in a 6-1 win Monday night. Cespedes left the game early with a sore left heel. Zack Wheeler struggled as he allowed eight runs in just 1 2/3 innings in the Mets' 14-3 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday night. After going down early in the rubber match against the Cubs on Wednesday night, the Mets battled back with a five-run eighth inning to win, 9-4. Matt Harvey left his start after just four innings and 58 pitches after experiencing arm fatigue. He will miss several weeks with a stress injury to the scapula bone.
The Mets had to deal with even more injuries as Asdrubal Cabrera landed on the disabled list with a left thumb sprain and Neil Walker exited Wednesday night's game against the Cubs with a leg injury. He will miss several weeks with a partially torn left hamstring. Jeurys Familia visited the doctor Thursday. Michael Conforto missed four straight games with a stiff back, but did pinch-hit Wednesday and returned to the lineup Friday. Noah Syndergaard may not start throwing for another four weeks.
The MLB Draft started Monday night and the Mets selected Oregon lefty David Peterson with the 20th pick. Peterson went 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA and struck out 140 batters in 100 1/3 innings with the Ducks. He was ranked as the fourth best left-handed pitcher and 17th best prospect. The Amazin' took American Heritage School third baseman Mark Vientos with the 59th pick.
The Yankees wish they could restart the West Coast trip after being swept by Oakland and losing two of three against the Angels. They dropped the series opener in Oakland on Thursday night, 8-7, in extra innings. Gary Sanchez was 3-for-3 before exiting the game with a groin injury. Mason Williams and Kyle Higashioka were called up while Adam Warren was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Jonathan Holder allowed two runs in the eighth inning as the Yankees fell to the Athletics, 7-6, on Friday night. Masahiro Tanaka's struggles continued Saturday as he allowed five runs in the 5-2 loss. They were swept Sunday as Luis Cessa gave up four runs in the 4-3 loss.
Aaron Judge was the hero on Monday night as he broke a 3-3 tie with his league-leading 22nd home run to lead the Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Angels. Tanaka bounced back with one earned run over 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight. CC Sabathia strained his left hamstring on Tuesday night as the Yankees fell to the Angels, 3-2, in 11 innings. Sabathia was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The Yankees dropped their second straight game to the Angels on Wednesday night, 7-5.
Closer Aroldis Chapman has been activated from the disabled list. Top prospect Gleyber Torres injured his left arm in a game Saturday and was placed on the disabled list. First baseman Greg Bird suffered a setback during his rehab at Triple-A.
Manager Joe Girardi doesn't think participating in the Home Run Derby would hurt Judge, while superstar Mike Trout has been impressed with Judge and supports him. Triple-A manager Al Pedrique says top prospect Torres is not ready to be promoted yet.
The Yankees drafted righty Clarke Schmidt with the 16th pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night. Schmidt went 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA as a junior at South Carolina before undergoing Tommy John surgery. They later took righty Matt Sauer out of Ernest Righetti High School with the 54th pick.
The Jets don't have a frontrunner in the starting quarterback competition, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg has impressed QB coach Jeremy Bates, but Josh McCown gives the Jets a veteran presence behind center. Eric Decker was released by the team last Monday and found a new home in Tennessee on Sunday. Sheldon Richardson grabbed the headlines twice, once by being shocked by the releasing of David Harris and the other by saying he would like to remain with the team, but won't give them a discount. Despite the looks of it, running back Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking. Gang Green worked out former Jaguars running back Denard Robinson and signed former Colt running back Jordan Todman. Linebacker Demario Davis took a $2.7 million pay cut to help the Jets and Brown complete the trade of Calvin Pryor.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon showed up to the Giants facility ealier in the week for physicals after skipping OTAs. Beckham denied that he was unhappy with his contract and said now isn't the time to talk about it. Eli Manning was unaffected by the Giants' decision to draft Davis Webb. Evan Engram signed his rookie contract on Thursday after impressing teammates and coaches at OTAs. Shane Vereen has been cautious during the offseason after rushing his rehab last season. The Giants are banking on a breakout season from Ereck Flowers after he struggled in 2016.
With the NBA Draft just days away, the Knicks have some options with the eighth pick. Frank Ntilikina could be the next international prospect to play in New York while the Knicks attended a private workout with NC State's Dennis Smith Jr. Owner James Dolan reiterated that Phil Jackson makes the moves and he does not have a say. Former fan favorite Pablo Prigioni took a head coaching job in Spain with Baskonia after rumors swirled that the Knicks had interest in bringing him in as an assistant coach.
The Nets worked out two guards Jawun Evans and Terrance Ferguson ahead of the draft. They also hired Sasa Obradovic as a coach with hopes of having him help land Serbian free-agent point guard Milos Teodosic.
With the expansion draft nearby, the Rangers decided to protect three defensemen, (Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Nick Holden) seven forwards (Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello) and one goalie (Henrik Lundqvist). That leaves 12 forwards, headlined by Michael Grabner and Jesper Fast along with seven defensemen and three goalies, exposed. Brendan Smith and Antti Raanta can be taken by Las Vegas in the draft. Raanta is a hot commodity after putting together a strong season backing up Lundqvist. The Rangers have looked at trading Stepan and Arizona has interest.
Dan Girardi, one of toughest players to wear a Rangers jersey, will have the final three years of his contract bought out. He intends to continue his NHL career and will become a free agent. The Rangers may go into next season without another defenseman as Kevin Klein is leaning towards retiring and heading to Europe. Matt Puempel agreed to a one-year deal with the Rangers while Taylor Beck signed a one-year contract in the KHL. The Rangers preseason schedule was announced with two games against the Islanders, Devils and Flyers.
The Islanders will protect three forwards, (John Tavares, Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd) five defensemen (Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Nick Leddy, Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock) and Thomas Greiss. Jason Chimera, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Brock Nelson are among 25 players that will be exposed.
The Islanders will return home, sort of, to open their preseason schedule at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum with a game against the Flyers. It will be their first game on Long Island since the final game of the 2014-15 season. With free agency and the expansion draft approaching, the Islanders would prefer to move Calvin De Haan over Travis Hamonic.
The Red Bulls defeated NYCFC, 1-0, in a U.S. Open Cup match Wednesday at Red Bull Arena. Daniel Royer scored the only goal in the 67th minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two late goals to lead the Red Bulls past Philadelphia, 2-0, on Sunday. David Villa scored twice as NYCFC beat Seattle, 2-1, on Saturday. The New York teams will square off again Saturday.